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Launch of a new publication designed to help us to understand Arnolfini’s past performance programme – through doing it ourselves.

This new artist book was produced by Clare Thornton (with City Edition Studio) during a six month period of research within Arnolfini’s dance archive.

Re-interpreting the model of a gallery guide or programme note as a kind of score, the book intends to evoke a selection of scenes, actions and movements performed here at Arnolfini by an international cast of artists. Clare Thornton is interested in how we might begin to get to know these past art-works through ‘doing’ them. Using documentary photographs, brochures and programme notes held in the Reading Room she selected six performance pieces that took place at Arnolfini between 1976-1998. Employing concrete poetry and cut-up techniques Stairways, Corridors & Corners is an invitation to you, the visitor, to revive traces of performance in the building.

This publication will be launched on Saturday 9th of November during a special twilight tour of the building, and you are warmly invited to join us at this free informal event (taking place before Every House Has A Door’s performance ‘Testimonium’)

Watch, read and/or actively take part, there will be copies of the publication to use and a Spotify album ( has been specially compiled to accompany the experience.

The artist book is available as a limited edition (special launch price: £5). It is also available as a free leaflet from the Arnolfini Reading Room.